Duration
Full-time: 1 year
Next start date
2020 Semester One – 20 January
2021 Semester One – 20 January
Available locations
Epsom
Points
150
Programme type
Postgraduate

Programme overview

Enter a profession where the demand for teachers is high in New Zealand and overseas. Gain an internationally-recognised degree from the only New Zealand University to rank in the top 50 in the world for Education as a subject.

Our programme will equip you with the knowledge and skills to support young children in their learning and development from birth to the age of five. You will learn how to teach in 21st century early childhood settings where building strong relationships is vital and diversity is welcomed.

The diploma is shaped by a commitment to fairness and social justice. It is underpinned by the principles of Te Tiriti o Waitangi and a determination to ensure equitable outcomes in learning. You will learn alongside a diverse range of students and be taught basic proficiency in te reo Māori.

You will be taught by academics who are experts in their fields of Education and passionate about supporting the next generation of teachers. Courses are taught through a range of methods including face-to-face lectures, tutorials and workshops as well as online learning.

You will undertake a variety of practical experiences in early childhood centres, supported by experienced teachers and university supervisors. This includes twice-weekly practicum placements during the first semester and 13 weeks of full-time practicum in three different centres.

The programme will prepare you to become part of the early childhood community, help you establish connections and support you as you prepare for the transition into teaching. By the end of the programme you will be familiar with the New Zealand early childhood curriculum Te Whāriki and effective teaching practices. You will be eligible to apply for provisional certification as a practising early childhood teacher with the Teaching Council of Aotearoa New Zealand.

Programme structure

This is an intensive 150 point programme equivalent to 1.25 years of full-time study completed within a 12-month period and combines theory and practice.

You'll also need to meet other requirements, including time limits and total points limits. See Postgraduate enrolment.

For all official programme information, including regulations about entry, enrolment, fees, examinations, and requirements for degrees, diplomas and certificates, see the University Calendar.

Sample programme structure

1 Year 150 points

  • Code:
    EDPROFST 605
    Name:
    The Early Years Teacher
    Type:
    Compulsory core course
    Points:
    15 pts
  • Code:
    EDPROFST 607
    Name:
    The Relational Worlds of Children
    Type:
    Compulsory core course
    Points:
    15 pts
  • Code:
    EDCURRIC 601
    Name:
    Creative Arts - Early Years
    Type:
    Compulsory core course
    Points:
    15 pts
  • Code:
    EDCURRIC 623
    Name:
    Investigation and Exploration
    Type:
    Compulsory core course
    Points:
    15 pts
  • Code:
    EDPRAC 600
    Name:
    Professional Practice
    Type:
    Compulsory core course
    Points:
    30 pts
  • Code:
    EDCURRIC 624
    Name:
    Curriculum and Pedagogy
    Type:
    Compulsory core course
    Points:
    15 pts
  • Code:
    EDCURRIC 600
    Name:
    Literacies, Languages and Cultures
    Type:
    Compulsory core course
    Points:
    15 pts
  • Code:
    EDUC 603
    Name:
    Education and Society
    Type:
    Compulsory core course
    Points:
    15 pts
  • Code:
    EDPROFM 600
    Name:
    Te Ao Māori
    Type:
    Compulsory core course
    Points:
    15 pts
  • Code:
    EDUCM 199
    Name:
    Te Reo Māori
    Type:
    Compulsory core course
    Points:
    0 pts

2020 entry requirements

My highest qualification is from:

Programme requirements

Minimum programme requirements

Minimum requirements listed here are the likely grades required and do not guarantee entry. We assess each application individually and applicants may require a higher grade to be offered a place.

  • Study option
    Taught 150 points
    Grade required
    GPA Grade Point Average 2.4

    Bachelors degree

Further programme requirements

Taught 150 points

You must have completed a bachelors degree or higher in any discipline with a GPA of 2.4.

Entrance is subject to satisfactory police check/s, safety checks, interview and referees’ reports. You will be required to sit literacy and numeracy tests.

You will also need to provide evidence of meeting the Teaching Council Matatū Aotearoa English Language Competency requirements by IELTS or an approved alternative. Further information on approved alternatives can be found here.

Programme requirements

Minimum programme requirements

Minimum requirements listed here are the likely grades required and do not guarantee entry. We assess each application individually and applicants may require a higher grade to be offered a place.

  • Study option
    Taught 150 points
    Grade required
    GPE Grade Point Equivalent 2.4

    An undergraduate degree

  • Qualification
    IELTS Academic International English Language Testing System
    Score required
    7.0

Further programme requirements

Taught 150 points

You must have completed an undergraduate degree at a recognised university (or similar institution) in any discipline with a GPE of 2.4.

Entrance is subject to satisfactory police check/s, safety checks, interview and referees’ reports. You will be required to sit literacy and numeracy tests.

You will also need to provide evidence of meeting the Teaching Council Matatū Aotearoa English Language requirements by IELTS or an approved alternative. Further information on approved alternatives can be found here

For all official programme information, including regulations about entry, enrolment, fees, examinations, and requirements for degrees, diplomas and certificates, see the University Calendar.

How much does a Graduate Diploma in Teaching (Early Childhood Education) cost per year?

2019 fees

Domestic students
NZ$9,618*
International students
NZ$31,313*

Fees are set in advance of each calendar year and will be updated on this website. Fees are inclusive of 15% GST, but do not include the Student Services Fee, course books, travel and health insurance, or living costs. Amounts shown are indicative only. In addition to the tuition fees, there is a Student Services Fee of $7.06 per point, estimated at $1,059.00 for full-time study (150 points). Fees will be confirmed upon completion of enrolment into courses.

*Please note: amounts shown are indicative and estimates only.

Find out about financial support information

Scholarships and awards

Find out about the scholarships you may be eligible for.

Student loans and allowances

Are you a New Zealand citizen or resident? You could be eligible for a student loan or allowance.

Cost of living

Get an idea of how much accommodation and general living in Auckland will cost.

For all official programme information, including regulations about entry, enrolment, fees, examinations, and requirements for degrees, diplomas and certificates, see the University Calendar.

Key dates

Please note: We will consider late applications if places are still available. International students should start the application process as early as possible to allow sufficient time to apply for a visa.

Application closing dates

Semester One 2019
1 November 2018

Start dates

Here are the start dates for the programme.

Other important dates

The Graduate Diploma of Teaching (Early Childhood Education) programme condenses 1.25 years of study into one year. Key dates are:

SEMESTER ONE 2020

20 January —  31 January

Monday 20 January: Orientation on-campus day

On-campus block classes (Epsom)

3 — 21 February

3-week practicum placement (Block A)

24 February — 6 March

On-campus block classes (Epsom)

9 March — 9 April

Lectures/tutorials at Epsom Campus on Mondays, Tuesdays and Fridays, plus Wednesdays and Thursdays in centres

10 April — 27 April MID-SEMESTER BREAK

28 April — 22 May

On-campus lectures/tutorials (Epsom)

25 May — 26 June  

5-week practicum placement (Block B)

29 June — 17 July INTER-SEMESTER BREAK

 

SEMESTER TWO 2020

20 July — 21 August

Lectures/tutorials on Epsom Campus

24 — 28 August

Study Week

31 August — 25 September

Lecture/tutorials on Epsom Campus Mondays, Tuesdays and Fridays, plus Wednesdays and Thursdays in centres

28 September — 9 October MID-SEMESTER BREAK

12 October — 13 November

5-week practicum placement (Block C)

16 — 27 November

On-campus presentation of portfolio including the capstone task

27 November SEMESTER/ YEAR END

For all official programme information, including regulations about entry, enrolment, fees, examinations, and requirements for degrees, diplomas and certificates, see the University Calendar.

Where could this programme take you?

While many graduates go on to teach in early childhood settings in New Zealand or overseas, the programme will also provide you with transferable skills that can be applied to a range of careers. By already holding a bachelors degree you will be eligible to start on a higher step of the salary scale in services covered by the New Zealand Educational Institute (NZEI) teaching collective agreement for early childhood teachers.

Jobs related to this programme

  • Curriculum developer
  • ECE teacher
  • Education consultant
  • Hospital play specialist
  • Learning designer
  • Policy adviser for the Ministry of Education
  • Researcher

Find out about Sue's journey from working as an engineer to retraining in early childhood education.

Read more

Student career planning service

Once you become a student at the University, you can get help with planning and developing your career from Career Development and Employability Services.

Key Information for Students

Compare qualifications and academic information across different New Zealand institutions.

Do you need help?

AskAuckland

Your online help and support centre. Search our frequently asked questions.

Can’t find the answer in AskAuckland?

Our student support team is here to help. Use our online contact form.

Need to speak to someone?

You can phone us directly.

Auckland
923 5025
Outside Auckland
0800 61 62 63
International
+64 9 373 7513